Student Intern at DLA Piper

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Less than £ 10,000
Corporate Law Employment Law
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Role Description

Internship/vacation scheme

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the insight scheme. It was really well organised and there was a good range of activities from work shadowing to talks to dinners. There was a good chance to meet lots of people from the firm and experience working life at the firm. I really enjoyed the catering too!


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I felt very valued during my time at DLA Piper. I was given meaningful work in the two practices in which I worked and I felt the associates and partners really valued the work I had done. Everyone I spoke to was also genuinely interested in speaking with me and asking about me.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

We were given lots of support during our time at the firm. For example, each office had a member from Graduate Recruitment who was assigned to our office who we could contact if there was a problem. We were also given a line manager for each of the practices we worked in and the line managers gave us lots of support.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I worked in the employment practice whilst I was at DLA Piper and I am doing that as a module in my final year at University. The work experience confirmed that I will really enjoy the module. Equally, it gave me a chance to practice my corporate social skills, which will stand me in good stead for the future. We were also given a skills session on corporate socialising and presentation skills, which was very helpful.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

I cannot fault the Graduate Recruitment for the work they put in to the programme. It was extremely well structured and everything was planned out. We had guides for the entire scheme with a programme of events, pictures of everyone on the scheme, contact numbers etc. We had calendar reminders for all the events we had to intend. The Recruitment team’s planning and organisation made the programme work in all honesty.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

It was very friendly and approachable. It didn’t feel too serious or stuffy, which I liked. You felt you could talk to everyone on the scheme, the Graduate Recruitment team, and all the partners and associates who came to speak to us. There was a social with the trainees one evening and it was very relaxed and like being out with your friends.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

We were given a range of tasks to do during the work shadowing, which allowed us to develop our skills in things we might do as lawyers. For example, doing research tasks, writing emails and learning email etiquette and sitting in on conference calls and taking notes. There wasn’t loads of training and development, but we were only with them for 3 weeks. I think for the amount of time we were with the firm the tasks and events gave us sufficient scope to develop our skills as a lawyer.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

It really helped me understand what a full time role and training with DLA Piper would be like. Not only were we given real tasks to do that were similar to those that would be given to a trainee, we were also paired with a current trainee. This allowed us to ask questions and gain their view on being a trainee at the firm


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

It was extremely helpful because we spoke to people from all levels and parts of the firm. Everyone was really helpful and willing to talk, meaning the culture is the same across the firm. We also got to see people from the firm formal and informal situations, which was very insightful.


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

After having completed the Internship, it was confirmed in my mind that I really want to be a solicitor at a corporate law firm. I was not fortunate enough to be offered a training contract this year at DLA Piper, but I will definitely be re-applying for the next intake of trainees.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

We were paid £400 a week for three weeks of the internship and we were also reimbursed 1x train ticket to and from London, as well as dinner for two evenings. Equally, we got lunch in the canteen every day and we also had catered lunches and meals out on some of the days. The food in the canteen was really good and there was several choices. This was good because the days were long.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were opportunities almost everyday for networking with employees from all levels of the firm.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were really good. For example, we had a dinner one evening after our presentations at M Restaurant. It was a really lovely restaurant and we had dinner with partners and the Graduate Recruitment team, giving us a chance to network.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes, I chatted to some people during the work shadowing parts of the Internship and I found out they ran a netball team. They also do socials and events for the trainees at the firm so everyone gets to know each other.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would definitely recommend this insight programme to someone else.